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Town reconsiders demolition of century-old house

A TOWN government yesterday agreed to reevaluate the historic value of a century-old house in a Shanghai suburban area after the 76-year-old owner moved back into the dilapidated building alone to protect it from demolition.

The structure of wood and brick was built in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) with a steep, tiled roof and elaborately engraved flowers and birds. The engraved patterns can also be found on windows and doors.

"I was born in the house and witnessed it standing in winds and rains for over 70 years, so I really don't want to see it being torn down," Sun Shaoxin said.

Sun's great-grandfather built the 120-square-meter house 100 years ago - it originally had four rooms - and his father spent his whole life living there.

The old house had been closed for years because of its poor condition, but Sun moved in recently to try to save it. He said the local government planned to demolish it in the middle of next month.

The historic building protection authority of Pujiang Town, where the house stands, will send an expert team to reevaluate the value of the building and to decide whether it should be saved, an official with the Minhang District told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

The official said the house failed to be listed among the city's protected historic buildings that cannot be demolished.

However, if the expert team finds it still has value due to its structure or engraved patterns, the government will protect it, the official said.


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